Terry, August 2009

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As I am writing this I know that I have not had a drink or drop of alcohol in sixty-two days. I know that, after many years of false starts, recoiling and half-hearted attempts, I have honestly and sincerely completed the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous – an accomplishment I once thought of as nearly impossible – as superhuman. I know that in two life-altering, crowded months, I have gained friendships and experiences that I will treasure for the rest of my life. I know that I now have a profound, personal, reciprocal relationship with a power greater than myself – with God. I know that I may and probably will want to drink again, but I also know I will never NEED to drink again. There are so many other things that I know now that I didn’t know before I came to The River Source, but the most important – the most absolute thing I’ve learned is this: All of this knowledge is useless without taking action. My time here has been inundated with the message “Take action!” I have gotten so much guidance, information, encouragement, inspiration and insight all to prepare me for a sober and happy life helping others to have a sober and happy life. To spend so much time and effort teaching me how I can stay sober for the rest of my life by helping others stay sober is probably not the best business plan for a treatment center. Nevertheless, the time WAS spent, the effort IS made, the love IS shared. The dedication and honesty of the staff is inspiring and I know that when I had no hope or faith of courage, they were willing and eager to share theirs until I had my own.

-Terry C.